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Ezekiel 12:22 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Son of man, what is this proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Son of man, what [is] that proverb [that] ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Son of man, what is this proverb you [people] have concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days are long and every vision fails’?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Son of man, what [is] that proverb [that] ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Son of man, what is that proverb which ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days shall be prolonged, and every vision faileth?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Son of man, What is this proverb ye have, concerning the soil of Israel, saying,—The days, are prolonged, Therefore, shall every vision, come to nought?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Son of man, what [is] this simile to you, concerning the land of Israel, saying, Prolonged are the days, and perished hath every vision?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel? saying: The days shall be prolonged, and every vision shall fail.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Sonne of man, what [is] that prouerbe, that ye haue in the land of Israel, saying; The dayes are prolonged, and euery vision faileth?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Son of man, what is your parable on the land of Israel, that ye say, The days are long, the vision has perished?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Son of man, what [is] that proverb [that] ye have in the land of Yisrael, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Son 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of man, 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
what x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
[is] that x2088
(2088) Complement
זֶה
zeh
{zeh}
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that.
proverb 4912
{4912} Prime
מָשָׁל
mashal
{maw-shawl'}
Apparently from H4910 in some original sense of superiority in mental action; properly a pithy maxim, usually of a metaphorical nature; hence a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse).
[that] ye have in x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the land 127
{0127} Prime
אֲדָמָה
'adamah
{ad-aw-maw'}
From H0119; soil (from its general redness).
of Yi$rl יִשׂרָאֵל, 3478
{3478} Prime
יִשְׂרָאֵל
Yisra'el
{yis-raw-ale'}
From H8280 and H0410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity.
saying, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
The days 3117
{3117} Prime
יוֹם
yowm
{yome}
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
are prolonged, 748
{0748} Prime
אָרַךְ
'arak
{aw-rak'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) long (literally or figuratively).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
and every x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
vision 2377
{2377} Prime
חָזוֹן
chazown
{khaw-zone'}
From H2372; a sight (mentally), that is, a dream, revelation, or oracle.
faileth? 6
{0006} Prime
אָבַד
'abad
{aw-bad'}
A primitive root; properly to wander away, that is lose oneself; by implication to perish (causatively, destroy).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezekiel 12:22

_ _ proverb — The infidel scoff, that the threatened judgment was so long in coming, it would not come at all, had by frequent repetition come to be a “proverb” with them. This skeptical habit contemporary prophets testify to (Jeremiah 17:15; Jeremiah 20:7; Zephaniah 1:12). Ezekiel, at the Chebar, thus sympathizes with Jeremiah and strengthens his testimony at Jerusalem. The tendency to the same scoff showed itself in earlier times, but had not then developed into a settled “proverb” (Isaiah 5:19; Amos 5:18). It shall again be the characteristic of the last times, when “faith” shall be regarded as an antiquated thing (Luke 18:8), seeing that it remains stationary, whereas worldly arts and sciences progress, and when the “continuance of all things from creation” will be the argument against the possibility of their being suddenly brought to a standstill by the coming of the Lord (Isaiah 66:5; 2 Peter 3:3, 2 Peter 3:4). The very long-suffering of God, which ought to lead men to repentance, is made an argument against His word (Ecclesiastes 8:11; Amos 6:3).

_ _ days ... prolonged ... vision faileth — their twofold argument: (1) The predictions shall not come to pass till long after our time. (2) They shall fail and prove vain shadows. God answers both in Ezekiel 12:23, Ezekiel 12:25.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ezekiel 12:21-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ezekiel 12:22

That proverb — That short saying commonly used. Days — Of wrath and vengeance, are to come a great while hence. Every vision — Threatening vision, which Jeremiah and Ezekiel would fright us with, comes to nothing.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ezekiel 12:22

Son of man, what [is] that proverb [that] ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days (f) are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

(f) Because they did not immediately see the prophecies accomplished, they contemned them as though they would never be fulfilled.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
what:

Ezekiel 18:2-3 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? ... [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have [occasion] any more to use this proverb in Israel.
Jeremiah 23:33-40 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What [is] the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the LORD. ... And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

The days:

Ezekiel 12:27 Son of man, behold, [they of] the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth [is] for many days [to come], and he prophesieth of the times [that are] far off.
Ezekiel 11:3 Which say, [It is] not near; let us build houses: this [city is] the caldron, and we [be] the flesh.
Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, [and] hasten his work, that we may see [it]: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know [it]!
Jeremiah 5:12-13 They have belied the LORD, and said, [It is] not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: ... And the prophets shall become wind, and the word [is] not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
Amos 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, ... And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.
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Is 5:19. Jr 5:12; 23:33. Ezk 11:3; 12:27; 18:2. Am 6:3. 2P 3:3.

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